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slath·​er ˈsla-t͟hər How to pronounce slather (audio)
: a great quantity
often used in plural


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slathered; slathering ˈsla-t͟hə-riŋ How to pronounce slather (audio)

transitive verb

: to use or spend in a wasteful or lavish manner : squander
: to spread thickly or lavishly
slathered sunscreen on her skin
: to spread something thickly or lavishly on
slathered her skin with sunscreen

Examples of slather in a Sentence

Verb We ate lobster slathered with butter.
Recent Examples on the Web
Kuo slathers on a fiery pink chili mayonnaise made with Lao Gan Ma chili crisp. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2024 Slice the cornbread into wedges and serve with a thick slather of butter on top. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 18 Aug. 2023 Deliciously thick, slather on this body balm and treat your skin to nourishing shea butter and plumping pea peptides. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Just slather, snooze, and wake up with more radiant skin. Sarah Han, Allure, 26 Oct. 2023 Mindy Kaling slathers on Supergoop!, while Grande has taken to mixing her EltaMD SPF with La Mer moisturizer. Jenny Berg, Vogue, 25 Dec. 2023 But these easy no-cook appetizers with a generous slather of garlic and herb soft cheese are equally well-suited to martinis. Wini Moranville, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Dec. 2023 When roast beef sandwiches are on the menu for the week's lunches, slather on some Whipped Horseradish Cream or Creamy Garlic Sauce for something new. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 6 Nov. 2023 The chicken patty, rusty-hued with smoky spices, has more crags than a Swiss Alp, and its amiable companions, a slather of mayonnaise and some pickles, add just the right backup notes. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023
The Algae Draining Wrap promises to detoxify my entire body—I am slathered in clay, wrapped in plastic, and covered in a heated blanket. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2024 The mixture is slathered onto the skin for a supposedly rejuvenating effect. Zoey Poll, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Tearing a random girl’s shirt in half, slathering her in peanut butter, and biting it off. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 23 Jan. 2024 Carry on with your usual skin care routine, including slathering on a thick moisturizer before getting dressed. Amy Norton, SELF, 8 Feb. 2024 Finishing Tip While hot sauce is arguably the most popular condiment for slathering on fried catfish, consider some alternatives. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 1 Feb. 2024 The result is a delicious drink that actually feels quite like a sunburn slathered in aloe: somehow hot and cooling all at the same time. Alicia Valenski, Charlotte Observer, 29 Jan. 2024 One recent Thursday morning, the chef pulled slabs of ribs off the smoker, slathering them with his honey-barbecue sauce. Kimberly Winter Stern, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 The result is a flat, round cake that’s slathered with cream cheese icing and dusted with sprinkles. Joan Niesen, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1843, in the meaning defined above


1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slather was in 1843

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“Slather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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